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SHETLAND'S footballers went down to a narrow 3-2 defeat to Highland League opponents Formartine United at Pitmedden on Saturday. With the team missing several experienced players in a friendly match ahead of the inter-county clash with Orkney, goals from Sam Ward and Greg Tulloch gave the boys in blue a 2-0 lead before they were pegged back by Formartine.

NORTHLINK have said Friday night’s call into Kirkwall by the southbound Hrossey is under review. Forecasters say a Force 8 north easterly is operational in the Fair Isle sea area, which could affect berthing.

NORTHLINK has confirmed that Friday's northbound sailing will arrive in Lerwick at 6pm on Saturday. As a result, the southbound ferry due to depart Lerwick at 7pm could be slightly delayed. The freight sailing is expected to leave Lerwick at midnight.

POWER has been restored to all customers in Shetland after lightning strikes affected supplies on Friday. Scottish Hydro thanked locals for their patience after around 1,000 households lost power as Storm Abigail hit the isles.

POWER has been restored to more than 700 Shetland customers after lightning strikes knocked out electricity supplies in central and west Shetland. Scotttish Hydro say that as of 2pm on Friday, 270 customers remain with power in Scalloway, Gremista (Lerwick), Setter (Sandwick) and Tumblin (Bixter).

NorthLink update: The arrival time of Friday’s northbound sailing is not known yet as a result of its late departure from Aberdeen. This means that the next scheduled departure from Lerwick, on Saturday at 7pm, could be late in leaving. The Hjaltland is due to depart Aberdeen for Kirkwall and Lerwick as scheduled at 5pm.

AROUND 1,000 households in central Shetland are without power after lightning strikes during the early hours of Friday morning. Areas affected include Quarff, Brindister, the Gremista part of Lerwick, Gulberwick, Gott, Tingwall and Weisdale. Engineers hope to restore power sometime during the day.

ALL SCHOOLS in Shetland will be closed on Friday due to high winds and poor weather, the SIC has confirmed. Shetland College will be shut and all youth clubs scheduled to open on Friday evening will also be cancelled.

AS STORM Abigail approaches the northern isles, NorthLink has brought forward the 5pm sailing from Aberdeen to 3pm, but the ship will stop at Kirkwall and not travel onwards to Lerwick. Meanwhile the Lerwick sailing for Aberdeen will now depart at 2pm, with check-in one hour ahead of departure. Thursday’s freight sailing from Aberdeen is cancelled and all journeys on Friday are currently under review, though NorthLink now says northbound sailing likely to travel later than scheduled. More information is available on NorthLink’s website.

FIRE crews from Lerwick and Scalloway attended a small fire in a house in Girlsta on Tuesday night. The two appliances received the call at around 11.25pm and the fire, which damaged a fuse box, was quickly extinguished.

SUMBURGH airport has been suffering a significant number of cancellations on Thursday morning due to fog.

UNSTFEST, the country's most northerly festival, has been named the 'Community Project of the Year' at the Herald Society Awards 2015, held in Glasgow on Wednesday night. Organisers said they were over the moon.

TWO LOCAL community groups have been successful in attracting funding from the Big Lottery Fund. Scalloway Pre-school group is to receive £9,952 for equipment for their new premises, and Whitedale Out of School Club are in line to get £4,150 to help providing a greater range of activities.

POLICE in Shetland report that two people have been taken to Gilbert Bain Hospital with "minor injuries" after their vehicles collided on the B9073 Black Gaet road around 1pm on Saturday.

SCIENTISTS report that monkfish and megrim stocks are increasing along with west of Scotland langoustines, which the Scottish government has calculated would be worth an extra £11 million to the country's fishing fleet if reflected in the December quota talks..

APPLIANCES from Lerwick, Bixter and Walls were called to a fire at a property in Garderhouse at around 9.30pm on Wednesday evening. The fire was contained to two square metres of carpet and chipboard and it was extinguished just after 10pm.

LERWICK fire fighters were called out to a chimney fire in Tresta on Friday at around 1.20pm. No-one was injured and radiated heat from the fire caused some damage to items in the house.

WRITER Malachy Tallack's book '60 Degrees North' has been nominated for a prestigious Saltire Society award. Tallack's book, which was also Radio 4's book of the week this summer, is nominated in the Scottish first book of the year category.

SERCO NorthLink is now accepting bookings for travel to and from Shetland and Orkney for 2016. Its customer service director Peter Hutchinson said the ferry operator would continue with its current timetable and fares and would provide temporary revised schedules to cater for popular events.

THIS WINTER'S Althing programme kicks off on Saturday with "speedy debates" on old issues. The two teams of speakers - made up of Donald Murray, Leona Smedley, Pat Brown and Drew Ratter - will speak for a few minutes on a variety of subjects previously debated at the Althing in the 1950s. The first debate of 2015/16 takes place in the small room at Tingwall Hall at 7.30pm.

THE YELL Youth Café has been given a £3,050 grant from the Big Lottery Fund to help funding an internet safety project targeting young people across Shetland.

AROUND 650 Scottish & Southern Energy customers were left without power on Wednesday night after lightning struck a transformer in Flugarth, Whalsay at 9.25pm. All but 160 households were reconnected within an hour, the remaining were back at 3.20am on Thursday.

A MAN was airlifted to the Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick on Wednesday morning after falling ill on the Floatel Victory accommodation vessel 65 nautical miles northwest of Shetland. He was initially taken to Sumburgh by the coastguard helicopter Rescue 900 and was in an ambulance by 5.45am.

POLICE are looking for information after a window was broken and a door damaged in the ground floor of a block of flats in Mill Lane, Lerwick, sometime between 9pm on 3 October and 11am the following morning. Police can be contacted by phoning 101.

PASSENGER numbers at Sumburgh Airport have grown by eight per cent to 311,418 in 2014/15, HIAL said in its annual report. Phase two of the airport development, which will bring improved facilities for scheduled passengers, will get under way soon, the company said.

UnstFest has been shortlisted by The Herald Society Awards 2015 as a finalist in the category for Community Project of the Year. The awards scheme celebrates some of the best work taking place in the public and voluntary sector.

THE YACHT rescued in the North Sea 90 miles to the east of Lerwick has sunk after taking on water while being towed to Norway. Harrier of Down, which only had 82-year-old Julian Mustoe on board, lost its steering in bad weather on Tuesday.

A DRIVER escaped unhurt after their car left the road on the A970 at Gott this morning and went into a field. Police were alerted at around 10am and no other vehicles were involved.

LERWICK Port Authority is warning that parking availability at the Holmsgarth Ferry Terminal is currently "limited". Anyone travelling away by Serco NorthLink ferry during the October holidays and wanting to leave their vehicle in Lerwick while they are away is advised to allow plenty of time to make alternative parking arrangements.

NORTHLINK has confirmed that the Hjaltland will leave Lerwick for Aberdeen at 2pm, five hours earlier than scheduled. Meanwhile, the arrival of the northbound sailing into Kirkwall and Lerwick is likely to be delayed. It is estimated that the Hrossey will arrive in Lerwick late on Wednesday morning. More info at www.northlinkferries.co.uk 

A MAN suffering from a skin infection was airlifted to Lerwick's Gilbert Bain Hospital from the Thistle Alpha platform on Saturday night.

The oil worker was taken from the platform, 125 miles northeast of Sumburgh, at around 9pm by the search and rescue helicopter 900.

THREE appliances were called out to a transformer unit fire within a shipping container at the Shetland Gas Plant in Sullom Voe on Friday. Crews from Brae, Hillswick and Bixter attended at around 10pm and the fire was extinguished on arrival. A dry powder extinguisher and two breathing apparatuses were used.

POLICE in Shetland are investigating reports of damage to a floodlighting switch for the Hamnavoe primary school multi-court some time between 28 and 29 September. Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

A TOTAL of £6,600 was raised for charity last month through Frankie's annual charity cycle sportive. Forty two people took to their bicycles in late August, with money raised going to Fishermen's Mission, Cancer Research and Alzheimer's Research.

Shetland Islands Council has now confirmed that blue-green algae is growing in Tingwall's Strand Loch. Contact with the toxic algal scum is to be avoided. There is currently no adverse effect on public water supplies.

POLICE are looking for witnesses to come forward after a van parked at Lerwick's Anderson Road was damaged overnight from Friday to Saturday. Anyone with information is asked to contact local police on telephone 101.

POLICE are making enquiries into yet another alleged theft of metal in Lerwick after a pallet of lead cuttings was removed from a yard at the Staney Hill industrial estate between the end of August and 21 September. Police can be contacted on telephone 101.

CELTIC emerged victorious over Spurs in an all-Lerwick football playoff to decide the destination of the 2015 G&S Flooring Premier League title on Saturday afternoon. Goals from Roy Wood and Jordan Thomason were enough for the hoops despite a consolation goal from Spurs' Paul Molloy.

SHETLAND Islands Council's environmental health team are asking people and pets to stay away from the Strand Loch in Tingwall as they suspect that toxic blue green algae is growing in the water. Testing will be carried out on Monday, but the public should avoid contact with the loch as a precaution.

TWO WORKSHOPS teaching young drivers about road safety will be held in the isles over the next week. Shetland Islands Council and oil company Total will host events at Lerwick's Clickimin Centre and at Brae High School, with presentations and practical sessions planned.

POLICE are looking for information after a black BMW almost caused a head-on collision as it travelled north on the A970 on Tuesday. The incident happened at the Sandwater junction at 4.15pm after the car overtook three vehicles and forced a southbound vehicle to take evasive action.

SCOTTISH Labour MEP Catherine Stihler makes a rare visit to the isles on Thursday to learn more about digital innovation in local industry. She will visit the electronic fish market, see the media lab at Mareel, get a tour of Shetland College and meet with SIC representatives to talk about the Shetland Telecom project.

The 222-room flotel Bibby Stockholm chartered by Petrofac in 2013 to house Shetland gas plant workers has had its stay in Lerwick extended to 7 October, with three one-week options then available.

POLICE in Lerwick would like to speak to the driver of a black Ford Mondeo who had to take evasive action to avoid colliding with a silver van overtaking several vehicles in the path of incoming traffic on Saturday at around 4.30pm on the A970 Sound Brae. The driver and the car's occupants are asked to call Lerwick police station on telephone 101.

MUSIC anthropologist, singer songwriter and experienced lullabologist Katarina Juvancic will be holding a lullaby workshop singing traditional lullabies from around the world from 10am until 2pm on Sunday at Islesburgh Community Centre in Lerwick. More info at https://www.facebook.com/lullabyworkshops

SHETLAND Arts has announced that next year's Screenplay film festival (celebrating its 10th anniversary) will be held from 27 August to 4 September 2016.

A MAN is in a stable condition in hospital in Lerwick after sustaining back injuries in a single vehicle crash when his Subaru Forrester car went off the road and landed in a ditch two miles south of Voe, on Tuesday morning. The road was closed for some time to allow fire and rescue teams get the injured man out of his car.

A YOUNG man was taken to hospital in Lerwick with minor injuries after being knocked down by a car on Commercial Road at 1.30pm on Monday.

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